Cricketers attacked in the terrorist headquarters of Pakistan

In the Islamic terrorist headquarters of Pakistan seven Sri Lankan players and a British coach were injured and six policemen killed in the attack.

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A bus driver also died. In a chilling reminder of the deadly strikes in the Indian city of Mumbai last November, they wore backpacks and were carrying AK-47s, grenades and rocket launchers.

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They struck as the bus negotiated a roundabout near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, shooting first at its tyres to make the driver stop. Players said they threw a grenade and tried to hit them with a rocket but missed before starting a hail of bullets, forcing them to throw themselves to the floor. Thilan Samaraweera was shot in the leg and fellow batsmen Tharanga Paranthavina was hit in the chest by shrapnel. Both were treated in hospital but later released. Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Suranka Lakmal and Chaminda Vaas and British assistant coach Paul Farbrace were also wounded.  They had all leapt to the floor to try and avoid the bullets. Referee Chris Broad was spattered with blood and in shock, but otherwise unharmed. His wife, Michelle, who spoke to him this morning, said: ‘He’s okay now. They are all very shocked. He has been helicoptered out of the ground now and flown to Abu Dhabi. He told me that he will be back home tomorrow.’ Australian Steve Davis, who was umpiring the match, added: ‘It was terrible. The van driver died in front of us. I am lost for words.’

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Pakistan cricket is facing a bleak future, with visiting teams certain to boycott tours to the troubled nation for the foreseeable future in the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Lahore. As international cricket pondered the ramifications, it became almost certain that Pakistan would be stripped of its status as the co-host of the 2011 World Cup.

Asked about plans for the World Cup, ICC president David Morgan was blunt in his assessment. “Things will have to change dramatically in Pakistan, in my opinion, if any of the games are to be staged there.”

The chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, was less blunt but the message was the same. “It is pretty, pretty serious and it is very obvious that the landscape and the thinking have changed dramatically,” Lorgat t said. “We are going to have to reevaluate what we do and where Pakistan plays its cricket.”

Those views were echoed by Sharad Pawar, the ICC vice president and former head of the Indian cricket board, a close ally of the Pakistan Cricket Board. India had been forced to abandon their tour of Pakistan in January following a government directive after the attacks on Mumbai.

Visiting teams have experienced brushes with terrorism in the past but only now, with the Sri Lankans directly targeted by Islamic Terroists, is Pakistan faced with a blanket boycott. Even those who urged international teams not to abandon Pakistan have now accepted the inevitable.

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, said Pakistan hosting the World Cup in 2011 was now a “distant dream”.

“How do you expect a foreign team to come to Pakistan now? We took pride in hosting our guests,” Akram told ESPN Star. “This image has taken a beating. It’s sad for Pakistan.”

Waqar Younis, Akram’s bowling partner, said the chances of foreign teams coming to Pakistan were now remote. “We have to agree with whatever the ICC decides,” he said.

Ramiz Raja, another prominent voice in Pakistan, said he had never thought there would be a situation where sportspersons would be targeted in Pakistan.

The series against Sri Lanka was cancelled immediately after Tuesday’s attacks, and similar announcements regarding other tours are expected in the coming months.

Australia, India, New Zealand and the West Indies are among the teams to have postponed or cancelled tours to Pakistan in recent years, and New Zealand will almost certainly call off their scheduled series there in November. The Black Caps experienced first-hand the dangers of touring Pakistan in 2002, when a bomb exploded outside their Karachi hotel, and NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan hinted strongly that the team would not return in the near future.

“It’s very frightening that for the first time a cricket team appears to be the specific target of terrorist action,” Vaughan told NZPA

Bodies of the dead policemen

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Indian Cricket team Captain Dhoni also said that he was happy they didn’t go ahead with the Pakistan tour as planned. “I am happy we didn’t tour Pakistan, and that the government didn’t allow us to tour Pakistan.

“I suppose it’s tough for Pakistan cricket to come back from this, for no fault of their own,” New Zealand cricket team captain Daniel Vettori said. “It’s difficult to see teams turning up there in the near future.”

 

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9 Comments

  1. DEMOCRACY is PAKISTAN is dead! These terrorist have changed this country from a moderate muslim nation into a terrorist safe haven!
    The government has failed! The government should resign and the Pakistani people should choose a government who will actually deliver! The current PP gov are only there due to the fact that Benazir died and they gained sympathy votes from it!
    THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE A BETTER STAND AGAINT TERRORISM AND THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN SHOULD WAKE UP AND SAVE THERE NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    grrrrrrrrrrr
    such a bad government and still the west send millions of dollars to the nation!!!

  2. The West is in denial. It’s like the Romans holding a ‘bring & buy’ party for the Visigoths.

    We struggled and fought our intellectual way through the Enlightment, yet now surrender to those who want to take us back to the days of pesky priests and barbarism

    Our civilisation is not going with a bang but a pathetic whimper

  3. Why in the first place did the Sri Lankan Government have to send their prized sportsmen to a country like Pakistan? That’s a question all could be asking, and the Indian Government couldn’t have gone wrong by not sending our players there.

  4. As far as Pakistan is concerned I’m afraid this could mean the end of international cricket in that country for the foreseeable future

  5. Pakistan has shown on sincerity to destroy the Islamic terrorist infrastructure that nurtures extremists. It is proven because none of the attackers were shot or caught, and they were coming to the scene with big bags. That’s absurd

  6. The Lahore assault and other such strikes, which are on the rise, are posing a grave threat to international peace.

  7. Days before the terror attack in Lahore, the powerful pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Mohammad lashed out at cricket, describing it as a distraction that needed to be curbed.

    Tuesday’s attack likely had little to do with cricket or Sri Lanka. Its purpose was to demonstrate to the Pakistani state and civil society the costs of confronting the increasingly-powerful jihadist groups.

  8. How many people have been apprehended in this matter after so many days is a clear proof that Cricket may never be played again in this cricket crazy nation. It makes anyone who plays cricket sad.

  9. so who wud want to tour pakistan after the attcks on lankan team !


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